Scale-up Systems opens office in India
Scale-up Systems, the leading provider of process development software
to the pharmaceutical industry, established Scale-up Systems India, a
Mumbai-based subsidiary that will support its growing number of
customers in India.
Scale-up Systems India will be building on business relationships
developed over the past three years with leading Indian pharmaceutical
and speciality chemicals companies.
Following the success of the first Indian DynoChem User Meeting in
April 2011, a dedicated local presence has become necessary to provide
rollout support and closer communication with Indian managers and
An initial team in the Mumbai office will be led by Mr Mahendra Pandit
on the business side and Dr Sanket Salgaonkar for training and
technical support. Scale-up Systems India’s Managing Director Dr Steve
Hearn said, “For us, the India market represents an exciting
combination of increased investment and presence of big pharma, growing
indigenous companies that are hungry to succeed and universities that
are producing extremely capable young chemists and engineers. These
factors bode well for those companies whose management embrace the
reality that strong process understanding is critical to meet today’s
regulatory and business requirements.”
Agilent signs contract with Amrita
Agilent Technologies has signed a research sponsoring agreement with
Amrita University for one year. Under the agreement, Agilent will lend
equipment worth $250,000 and consumables valued at $10,000 to aid
research at Amrita University. Besides that the company will also
provide extensive service and support during the contract period. In
exchange, Amrita University will let Agilent use the lab facility as a
demo and training centre for customers. Additionally, Amrita University
has agreed to collaborate with Agilent’s Life Sciences Center in
Bangalore, India, by sharing samples and by providing expert support
for developing application solutions and joint publications.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham or Amrita University is a multi-campus, NAAC
A grade accredited, research and teaching university in India. The
university is spread across eight acre campuses in three states of
South India — at Amritapuri and Kochi in Kerala, Coimbatore in Tamil
Nadu and at Bangalore and Mysore in Karnataka. The focus of the planned
projects is the analysis of biotechnologically relevant proteins from
natural products. The lab at the Kollam, Kerala branch of Amrita, is
the result of expansion of an existing biotech facility on the campus.
Agilent’s collaboration with Amrita University is part of its charter
to deepen its engagement with local Indian institutes and universities.
“We want to aid in the development of science education and a
scientific temperament in the country. Additionally, we expect the link
between Amrita and our Life Sciences Centre in Bangalore to act as an
incubator for application development,” said Mr Parmeet S Ahuja,
president and country general manager, Agilent Technologies India.
Quintiles recognized as tech innovator
Quintiles, a pharmaceutical services company offering clinical,
commercial, consulting and capital services, was named fourth in the
Information Week 500 Technology Innovators rankings for its Quintiles
Infosario platform in an awards ceremony at the St Regis Monarch Beach
Resort in California, US. The company was also recognized as the
industry leader in the biotech and pharmaceutical category.
Quintiles Infosario is an end-to-end business platform that empowers
their biopharma customers to manage data, a strategic asset that
enables fast and smart decision making, that accelerates drug
development and significantly reduces operating costs. It was
introduced in June 2011.
Users benefit from technology and processes that not only reduce
administrative burden, but also improve the quality of data for better
outcomes. Infosario aims to turn harmonized data into insights and
insights into outcomes.
With nearly three decades of drug development and commercialization
experience, Quintiles was recognized for creating a compelling
proposition to support the biopharma industry, building a bridge to the
future where data is foundational.
This, combined with Quintiles’ capabilities, fully integrated systems
and deep industry expertise, makes it truly transformational.
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